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Saturday, November 08, 2008

Congratulations, Tina Fey!

. . . on turning America away from former Beauty Queens as Vice President.

Sunday, June 01, 2008


Upon my attendance of a writers' excursion for the next 6 or so week, I will be replaced by a guest blogger: Applied Bollocks.

He or she is verbose, which is pretty much the only requirement for a blogger. At times I fail at this, which is why I am not a faithful blogger.

Happy Summer.


Tuesday, May 27, 2008

Another Month, Another Soundtrack

Again, the instructions--
1. Open your library (iTunes, Winamp, Media Player, iPod, etc)
2. Put it on shuffle
3. Press play
4. For every question, type the song that’s playing
5. When you go to a new question, press the next button
6. Don’t lie and try to pretend your cool.

If your life was a movie, what would the soundtrack be?

Opening Credits: "Hey Mama" Kanye West
Waking Up: "Lullaby" (from The Scarlet Pimpernel)
First Day At School: "Killer Queen" Queen
Falling In Love: "Seasons of Love B" (from Rent)
Losing Virginity: "Come What May" (from Moulin Rouge)
Break Up Song: "Frank Mills" (from Hair)
Prom: "Chin up, Cheer up" Ryan Adams
Life: "I Taught Myself to Grow Old" Ryan Adams
Mental Break Down: "Complainte de la Butte" (from Moulin Rouge)
Driving: "Once and For All" (from Newsies)
Flashback: "It's Not So Hard" Sparklehorse
Getting Back Together: "We Are What You Say" Sufjan Stevens
Wedding: "A Kind of Magic" Queen
Birth of Child: "Drive Slow" Kanye West
Final Battle: "Lonely Nation" Switchfoot
Death Scene: "Sister" Sufjan Stevens
Funeral Song: "Spot in My Heart" Josh Ritter
End Credits: "Pittsfield" Sufjan Stevens

I think I have too many musicals on my hard drive.

*BONUS SUFJAN ONLY LIST!* Includes all his albums and some unreleased stuff as of May 2008.

Opening Credits: "A Loverless Bed (without Remission)" A Sun Came (Extended)
Waking Up: "Jason" A Sun Came (Extended)
First Day At School: "The Avalanche" The Avalanche
Falling In Love: "Year of the Dragon" Enjoy Your Rabbit
Losing Virginity: "Sister" Seven Swans
Break Up Song: "Year of the Rat" Enjoy Your Rabbit
Prom: "Jupiter Winter" Christmas Album Vol. 5
Life: "Chicago (Adult Contemporary Easy Listening Version)" The Avalanche
Mental Break Down: "A Winner Needs a Wand" A Sun Came (Extended)
Driving: "Variation on Commemorative Transfiguration & Communion at Magruder Park" Previously Unreleased
Flashback: "Jupiter Bad June" Previously Unreleased
Getting Back Together: "Joy! Joy! Joy!" A Sun Came (Extended)
Wedding: "Year of the Monkey" Enjoy Your Rabbit
Birth of Child: "The Palm Sunday Tornado Hits Crystal Lake" The Avalanche
Final Battle: "Year of the Ox" Enjoy Your Rabbit
Death Scene: "Away in a Manger" Christmas Album Vol. 4
Funeral Song: "Enjoy Your Rabbit" Enjoy Your Rabbit
End Credits: "Market Fresh" Broken Social Scene

Sunday, May 18, 2008

It Came Upon a Midnight Clear(.)

Because--really--it's a song title and a complete sentence.

It is the eve before my gallbladder surgery. President GB will soon be sucked from office through a tube after 3 incisions are made somewhere in my abdomen (or at least, this is what I've understood from the pre-op explanations, which are thoughtful, kind, and extremely vague as necessary). I am thankful for the care I've received from every nurse, surgeon, studying medical student, ER resident, and specialist I've seen along the 2--nearly 3--year time since the first GB pang crept into my left side, just under the ribcage. Part of me will miss you, GB, and your gallstones brethren The rest of me will be gladly rid of you, especially if I get to keep the stones as some lackluster, mostly disgusting trophy of the pain it's taken to get this far.

In other news, Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian was wonderful.

Monday, May 12, 2008


Well, here I am 3 hours and a week before my laproscopic gallbladder surgery and the li'l bugger just won't let me get to sleep. I've decided that--since his initials are G.B.--he is perturbed at being soon-removed from office.

I suppose it is a fitting adieu, as long as he doesn't keep going for another 12 hours. By then I will be reduced the walking dead.

Saturday, May 03, 2008

The WB rises from the grave.

The WB is strongly considering a website (in fact a beta version is already up) that will be ad-sponsored, free to users, and will include episodes of such shows as Everwood, One Tree Hill, Buffy, Veronica Mars, Smallville, The O.C., among others. I am excited, if it comes to complete fruition.

Here is the article:

Thursday, May 01, 2008

I am smarter than a show that challenges whether or not the viewer is smarter than an elementary school student.

The last question on Are You Smarter than a Fifth Grader? was, "As a part of the modern scale 'do re mi,' which syllable comes after 'ti'?"

Well everyone, even dead people and the guy playing the game, knows that the answer is "do." But my reaction was "modern"? "MODERN," for reals? Because solfege has been around since Guido of Arezzo coined it in the first millennium A.D. (With a name like that, "modern" is nowhere in sight)Perhaps the question-makers were taking their knowledge from The Sound of Music rather than their experience in sightsinging.

Alas, Alack. Most of America with never know the truth (or care that they don't).